Green Mountain United Way has welcomed Blaire Haggett, former manager at Onion River Crossroads, to its Working Bridges resource coordination team. Haggett brings to the organization more than 12 years' experience in advocacy and guidance to those experiencing hardships and struggling with financial and social challenges.
The Working Bridges team, which serves local families in Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Orleans and Washington counties, works with companies and organizations to bring their
employees resources that can help them get to work on time, and consistently, as well as help them develop their career along the way. Resource coordinators such as Haggett are assigned to a workplace once a week, where they can assist employees with everything from paying rent to getting tires for their car or food for their children.
“Blaire is a thoughtful, hardworking and compassionate community member and teammate who holds a strong passion for learning and teaching new skills,” said Julia Davis, Working Bridges community impact director. “Blaire brings with her a strong foundation in conflict resolution, active listening and a strengths-based approach to problem-solving. We are so excited to see all that she will bring to our Working Bridges program!”
Haggett said she wanted to join United Way to help people in the community in a new way. “I want to share with others the experience I have in resource navigation and help them to be as successful as possible,” she said. “Being a single mother in central Vermont, I have had to find and dig to find resources, and I had to learn how to ask for help at times. I am passionate about sharing tools and resources with others.”